Assam government has written to the Centre asking to extend the lockdown by two more weeks to fight the battle against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The third phase of the nationwide lockdown, meant to stop the spread of the COVID-19, will end on May 17th, 2020.
Assam has registered a total of 86 COVID-19 cases and two fatalities so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the fifth meeting over video conferencing with all Chief Ministers on May 11th, 2020 to discuss the next stage in the exit from the nationwide lockdown.
Modi had asked the Chief Ministers to send in their suggestions on lifting the lockdown and resuming economic activity in their respective states after May 17th, 2020.
It may be mentioned, the Assam government has written to the Centre stating that instead of classifying an entire district into red, orange or green zone based on the number of COVID-19 positive patients, only those specific areas where cases have been detected can specifically be turned into containment zones, while allowing normal activities in other parts.
The Assam government has also prepared a standard operating procedure (SOP) and tweaked its quarantine protocols for the smooth return of stranded passengers.
The nationwide lockdown was first imposed on March 25th, 2020 for 21 days. The lockdown was then extended till May 3rd, 2020. On May 1st, 2020, the MHA extended the lockdown by two more weeks i.e. May 17th, 2020.